Participate in FREE ECP Marketing for the holidays!
Bring more customers into your store or restaurant this holiday season by participating in events planned for Old Ellicott City! The Ellicott City Partnership and Howard County Tourism has strategic marketing plans in place to help bring shoppers to town. Draw attention to your business by submitting a list of featured items to be included on the VisitEllicottCity.com and EllicottCityHolidays.com websites. These can be sales, artist meet & greets, special cocktails/dining, there are no rules! You do not have to offer a discount to participate. A write up on a featured group of items, especially something locally made, is a great way to get people in the front door. This marketing is FREE to you courtesy of the ECP and requires only a little pre-planning.
NOTE: The same specials can be used for Midnight Madness & Small Business Saturday
GIRLS NIGHT OUT 11/17/16 5 – 9pm
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 11/26
Sponsored by American Express, you do not have to accept AMEX to take advantage of the program. Go to https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/ to get free printable posters, event ideas and more. The ECP will be strongly marketing the Shop Local theme. #shopsmall #ECstrong
This is anticipated to be the busiest shopping day of the season! To receive the full benefits of ECP’s efforts, please submit your specials by 11/10 to Kelly at eckellysecret(at)gmail.com. Include your business name, location, and a short write up of what you’re offering (bullet lists are preferred), and the time if appropriate. A shuttle bus is available to shoppers until 8pm.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS Friday 12/2/16 6PM – Midnight
There will be carolers, free shuttle service around town 6pm – 2am, Santa & more.
Submit your specials NO LATER THAN Mon 11/21. Please include your business name, a short write up of what you’re offering (bullet lists are preferred), and the time if appropriate. It is ok to use the same write up as Small Business Saturday.
SHOP LOCAL SHOP LATE Thursday 12/15 5 -9pm TENTATIVE
Late night shopping & dining around town. This event serves as a backup date if there is bad weather for Midnight Madness and takes the place of December’s Girls Night Out. Open to all, it will be heavily promoted. Shops are encouraged to stay open and take advantage of this promoted event.
24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK PROMO 12/1 – 12/24
The VisitEllicottCity facebook page will run a series of daily posts highlighting the unique gifts available on Main St. To be included, send in up to 3 photos of an item or collection of items and a single sentence description for each. We will post your photo(s) and link to your fb page or website. If you do not have a fb page, please include your website with the listing. This promo is limited to the first 24 submissions so don’t wait to send yours.